James White Parkway expansion proposal still on hold

(WBIR-Knoxville) A transportation committee rejected a proposal to bring back plans to expand James White Parkway through south Knoxville Tuesday.

The project would've extended James White Parkway to Governor John Sevier Highway, reducing congestion on Chapman Highway.

The technical committee of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization did not put the proposal on this month's agenda because no one seconded the motion. But plans to extend James White Parkway could soon get a second chance. The full committee will decide on the proposal October 16 at 9 a.m.

Knoxville City Major Madeline Rogero said south Knoxville shouldn't be somewhere you through through; it should be a destination. However, others said the project would have made driving safer on Chapman Highway.

The TPO unanimously voted in August to remove the James White Parkway extension from its Transportation Improvement Program. Officials said this move pretty much killed plans to extend the south Knoxville highway.


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